Visitors are welcome to step back into history and experience eighty acres of stately trees and statuary in the beautiful blend of nature and art that is Elmwood Cemetery.
Please come by the Victorian Carpenter Gothic Cottage which serves as our Visitor Center for maps, audio tours, picnic tables and handicap accessible restrooms. Research assistance is also available in the cottage, and security is on the grounds during business hours.
Tickets purchased for any of the events below are not refundable.
Suds & Spuds: The History of the Scots-Irish at Elmwood
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than to visit the Scots-Irish who rest at Elmwood? Along the tour you'll encounter three beer tasting stations. Sample and declare your favorite!
This all-walking tour is being led by Elmwood volunteer Donald Harrison. The tour will begin at 1 PM and last until 3.
Register online or call 901-774-3212. Admission is $25 per person.
Read In Peace
Special guest and the Delta's own Willy Bearden will lead the March RIP Book Club discussion on "Lanterns On the Levee" by William Alexander Percy:
"Born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, within the shelter of old traditions, aristocratic in the best sense, William Alexander Percy in his lifetime (1885–1942) was brought face to face with the convulsions of a changing world. Lanterns on the Levee is his memorial to the South of his youth and young manhood."
Contact Cookie Swain at cookie [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org to save your seat at the table this month. The RIP Book Club begins at 10 AM and lasts about an hour. Free to all; donations to Elmwood's Lot Book PReservation Program are most welcome. Call 901-774-3212 for information.
Rolling On The River
The history of steamboats on the Mississippi River is examined in this hour-long talk presented by Elmwood's own Cookie Swain. The Mississippi River provides for the transportation of goods and people, but it has also fed our creativity and folklore. This presentation will explore these ideas, and more.
Join us at noon for one hour on Wednesday, March 26th in the Chapel at Elmwood. Cookies and drinks will be provided. Bring your own lunch if you like. The cost of admission is $7 per person. Register online by clicking on the link below or call 901-774-3212.
Impress your family and friends when you learn the history of Memphis through the lives of the people who rest at Elmwood.
Thousands of visitors tour Elmwood Cemetery each year. Students of Ambassador College will be trained to give these tours. Graduates of this college will also be invited to participate in a variety of costume tours and special events happening at Elmwood.
Class will meet on Tuesday, April 1 at 10:00 AM. Tuition to attend Elmwood University is $25 per person. Please call Cookie Swain at 901-774-3212 to register for class.
Tree Tour of Elmwood
Elmwood is home to almost 1,500 trees. Many of these trees are tagged, but there's so much more to know about a tree than its scientific and common name - some of the trees that live in Elmwood are older than the cemetery itself.
Join Master Gardener Jim Dennis as he leads a tree tour of the cemetery grounds. Cost for the tour is $10 per person. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m.
Home Away From Home
The people who rest at Elmwood are connected all over the city of Memphis. Some of them lived in the great old houses that dot our metro landscape. Find out who they were and where they lived during this Lunch & Lecture Presentation by Elmwood's Historian, Dale Schaefer.
Bring your lunch; cookies and dessert are included with your admission. Cost is $7 to attend. Begins at noon and lasts approximately one hour in the Chapel. Register online or call 901-774-3212.
African-American History Tour
The south's first African-American millionaire. A hero of the 1878 yellow fever epidemic. Memphis' first African-American schoolteacher. These are only three of the individuals you will learn about, and visit, during this African-American History Tour of Elmwood.
This tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are suggested. Register for this event by clicking on the link below or by calling 901-774-3212. Cost is $15 per person. Starts at 10:30 AM.
Willy Bearden's Elmwood
Take a walking tour of Elmwood Cemetery with writer, producer, photographer, musician and the Delta's own Willy Bearden. On this tour, Willy will share some of his favorite places and stories at Elmwood. This unique tour should be taken as an hour and a half long conversation with the tour guide. Students of photography are most welcome.
Good walking shoes and a sense of wonder are encouraged. Admission is $15, and all proceeds benefit Elmwood.
Register online or call 901-774-3212.
Pawing Through History: A Dog-Friendly Tour
Bring the pups to Elmwood! We ask that all dogs remain on a leash while a docent takes the group around the cemetery for an all-walking history tour focusing on the animal symbolism found on the headstones at Elmwood. This tour starts at 10:30 AM and will last approximately 90 minutes.
Space for this tour is limited to 25 people and advance registration is required. The cost for this tour is $15 per person.
We kindly ask that you leave grumpy puppies at home.
Mother's Day Tea
Take time out from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a lovely mid-morning tea at Elmwood. After "momosas" and tea , which will includes scones, brownies and lemon squares, there will be an abbreviated tour of the cemetery grounds. What a grand way to spend a spring morning!
Comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing is recommended. Admission is $35 per person and advance registration is required. This event begins at 10:00 AM.